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Paul Niedermeyer Says Farewell; Moves On To The Next Curbside Classic

1559637799 Paul Niedermeyer Says Farewell; Moves On To The Next Curbside Classic

Transitions are almost never easy, and leaving TTAC and Curbside Classics is downright painful. But for a number of reasons, that’s what needs to happen right now. Two of them are in the picture above.

That’s my younger son Will, who recently turned eighteen, with his just acquired ‘02 Ranger. He and I are going to fix up this

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1972 Boattail Buick Riviera

1379285992 1972 Boattail Buick Riviera

The boattail Riviera is a fitting finale to Curbside Classics for now. I’ve had a thing for fastbacks since day one, and I’ve been indulging in them this week. This Riviera also represents the difficult ending of an era, where the large luxury coupe, especially GM’s, was the standard bearer for American design innovation and

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1966 Plymouth Barracuda

634281977 1966 Plymouth Barracuda

Pity the poor Barracuda. It beat the Mustang to market in 1964 by 16 days, but was utterly trounced by that seminal (and genre name-giving) pony car. In their first full year (1965), the Mustang outsold the ‘Cuda by 9 to 1. Well, despite that huge glassy fastback, it was hard to fool anyone that the Barracuda was anything other than a

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The EXP

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The original 1960 Corvair Monza coupe (1966 shown) introduced and pioneered a European category to the US: the sporty compact coupe. The formula: a new roof line, maybe some other body changes like the Monza’s enlarged rear wheel openings, bucket seats and tasty interior trimmings, upgraded engine performance. Most of all, it had to have

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1967 Buick Electra 225 The Jayne Mansfield of Convertibles

1803261808 1967 Buick Electra 225  The Jayne Mansfield of Convertibles

“If you’re going to do something wrong, do it big” (Jayne Mansfield)

Can you blame me for thinking of certain larger than life blond bombshell of the era while looking at this big topless Buick? But then I said to myself, no, it’s wrong; been there, done that. But googling to find the vital statistics of this Buick turned

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1967 Chevrolet C20 Pickup

2014938227 1967 Chevrolet C20 Pickup

Here’s a mighty fine example of one of my all-time favorite trucks, hard at work on the job site. It probably won’t come as a great surprise to you that there a dozens of these vintage Chevy trucks still earning their keep hereabouts, but this is a particularly nice one. And for some reason, the first year ’67s aren’t that

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Triumph TR-6

1270336017 Triumph TR 6

For decades, British roadsters had a spell on Americans. And the rivalry between the MG and Triumph, the two leading exponents of the genre, was legendary. They each had loyal adherents to the respective marques, and the stiff competition kept the improvements coming, even if not exactly at a breakneck pace. But by about the time this TR-6 first

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GM’s Deadly Sin #9 – 1990 Corvette

1731945200 GMs Deadly Sin #9   1990 Corvette

I walked well past this Corvette before I stopped and gave it a backwards glance, suddenly remembering that it is yellow convertible week. I wavered momentarily, gauging my feelings. Yes, it was fast and pulled impressive numbers on a skid pad. But numbers alone do not make the car. And my feelings meter just wasn’t moving one way or

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Ford’s Name Debasement Sin – 1981 Mercury Cougar

779396739 Fords Name Debasement Sin   1981 Mercury Cougar

Detroit has a long list of sins it committed over the decades, but one of the more pernicious ones is name debasement. Think of the Chrysler K-cars wearing the once proud names of New Yorker and Imperial. GM’s history of name debasement and other crimes in naming is extensive. But it’s difficult to come up with a more egregious one

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